The University of Saskatchewan Board of Governors on Wednesday announced that it had fired Ilene Busch-Vishniac as president, although she can take a faculty position in engineering. The board's action followed the controversial dismissal by the university of its public health dean for disagreeing in public with a reorganization plan pushed by Busch-Vishniac. Many academics at Saskatchewan and elsewhere have been critical of what they say as unwillingness by the university's leaders to hear dissent, and students rallied this week on campus to demand the ouster of Busch-Vishniac.
A statement from the board said: "It was a painful week for the University of Saskatchewan. Many students, faculty, staff, and alumni of the U of S, and the people of the province generally, were dismayed by news emerging from the campus over the last seven days. The board was deeply troubled by this situation and committed itself to repairing the university’s reputation.... The board would also like to state in the strongest possible terms, that the University of Saskatchewan is committed to the principles of academic freedom and freedom of expression. It would also like to stress that it believes that tenure is a sacrosanct principle within this university."
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